Questions: for the more sophisticated reader:

  • Do you think reciprocity is a good strategy for promoting cooperation?
  • Why or why not?
  • To what degree do you think how we treat each other is driven by what we’ve been taught?
  • To what extent do you think how we treat each other is driven by our psychological makeup?
  • Did the author present a balanced picture of the different worldviews of her characters?
  • What would you say are the writer’s biases?
  • What role does religion play in "The Prize"?
  • Do you think Cooperation based on Reciprocity could work to mediate conflicts between nations?
  • Why?
  • Why not?
  • What other kinds of communication skills do you think schools should be teaching/encouraging?
  • Do you think adolescents are capable of mediating their own conflicts?
  • Do you think parents would support schools that promote reciprocity?
  • What role do you think promoting competition plays in youth violence?
  • How do you think the writer’s brand of cooperation could be implemented in the context of a school?
  • Are there other environments where you think reciprocity would promote cooperation?
  • What kind of environment would have to be in place for the rules of conduct to work?

Readers' Poll - for all readers:
If a movie were made from "The Prize", who would you like to have play the major parts?

Share your choices with the author: lacourt@wi.rr.com